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What's moisture level? Is floor likely to get wet or is room naturally 'damp'?
Some floors just aren't suited for damp areas. A basement playroom with a high moisture content, or a bathroom are seldom candidates for a solid wood floor, though there are some choices in wood laminates that might work if finished properly. Instead, you might choose slate or ceramic tiles with area rugs for bathroom for a dramatic look that wipes up well and keeps its gloss for years.
What's your personal style? What mood do you want in your room?
Want a luxurious feel? A thick pile rug over polished wood is a classic, elegant look that is pure luxury. A floor to accent a spare, modern style? Stone or slate, polished to a high sheen is a beautiful backdrop for leather and steel furniture and ascetic lines. A wooden parquet floor can be a dramatic focal point in an open foyer, or can lend a touch of Continental elegance to a formal living room. Wooden floors can hit any mood from rustic to royal, and choices of color, pattern and style in vinyl or ceramic tiles can fit any active room in your home.
Garry John has contributed articles to flooring sites like flooring and wood flooring.